Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Pentecost nudges us to remember the Holy
Spirit is with us
by Sister Rose Jochmann
Sunday we will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost. We have been
celebrating Easter for 50 days. What has life been like for you
during these six weeks?
Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit to the
disciples. Some call this feast the "Birth of the Church". Today's
first reading states that they were all filled with the Holy
Spirit. The Spirit enabled them to preach the mighty acts of God.
After the coming of the Holy Spirit the disciples had the courage
to preach about Jesus' mission, life, death and resurrection to
Do you depend on the Holy Spirit? I do. How do I recognize the
Spirit? When I receive little nudges to do or say something good,
when I get inspirations and new insights, I realize that they do
not come from me. I credit those inspirations to the Holy Spirit. I
like to think of the Holy Spirit as the "Wow" God.
So, this week, be open to the little nudges of the Holy Spirit
in your life. According to the alternate reading from Galatians,
the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Are you ready for the New Evangelization? The
Holy Spirit will help!
by Sister Ann Rehrauer
Recently Bishop Ricken issued a pastoral letter on the New
Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay. The term
"evangelization" comes from evangelium --
the Latin word for Gospel. Each Christian is called to live
according to the Gospel and to preach the Gospel in a variety of
In the readings for the feast of Pentecost -- the Church's first
major evangelization event -- my eyes focused on the first phrase
in the first reading: "when the time for Pentecost had
been fulfilled" ...
The Scripture describes three aspects needed for a time of
"fulfillment" or readiness:
- An audience open to hearing the message
- Preachers "on fire" with the love of Jesus
- The power and presence of the Holy Spirit who provided what was
needed to get the message across to the listeners
We know there was a readiness in the listeners because they were
devout people who had come to worship in Jerusalem. They were
already people of faith and engaged. The apostles were on fire with
love for Jesus -- but they lacked the tools needed for effective
preaching. And the Holy Spirit provided the gifts of language
and words that moved hearts.
Today is also a time of readiness. There is a hunger for the
message of the Gospel and people seek Jesus -- whether or not they
know it is He whom they seek. They may describe their search as "a
reason to hope," or looking for "deeper meaning" or "something more
in life." We know that only a relationship with Jesus will truly
satisfy their deepest desires. Today there are believers "on fire"
with love for God -- but they may not know exactly how to go about
the task of sharing their faith. And though we don't hear the sound
of a "driving wind" or see "tongues as of fire," we know that the
Holy Spirit continues to live and move and breathe within us,
giving whatever we need to witness and to share our faith.
We've been invited by our Bishop to participate in a six-year
process of prayer, preaching and teaching, and growing in faith
that we might become effective instruments in the work of
In the 1970s a Redemptorist seminarian named Jerry Welti wrote a
Pentecost Hymn. Perhaps we might use the chorus as we pray to
respond to that invitation with zeal:
"Spirit move this weary world, fill us with
Light all creation with your love's pure fire.
Spirit make us strong once more, let your winds blow free,
Create us in your wind and fire, make us all we're meant to